Rob Portman is often mentioned as a potential VP candidate. Some had him as the favorite to be Romney’s pick. He is sometimes mentioned as a possible Presidential candidate. Well I guess he doesn’t want to be either. He has come out in support of gay “marriage.” Gay “marriage” has been gaining acceptance in our increasingly degenerate and Godless culture, but this will still cost him a Republican VP or Presidential nomination.
At the time, my position on marriage for same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.
I wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister. Ultimately, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God.
Please spare me the amateur theologizing. This is so easily dismantled it’s sad he would write such drivel. The Bible clearly and explicitly condemns homosexual behavior. This is not debatable. Those who argue otherwise are either fools or sophists. Obviously, it is understood that “married” gay couples will not be celibate. Therefore gay “marriage” is what our Catholic friends would call “an occasion to sin,” beyond the fact that it is a semantic impossibility. (Gay “marriage” is like dry water or a sober drunk. The meaning of the one precludes the other. Hence my use of quotes around marriage.) So supporting gay “marriage” is supporting an occasion to sin. If we grant that some people are born with a disposition towards homosexuality, something I don’t deny, then Biblically they have two options. Attempt to make a go of it as a heterosexual within the confines of a traditional marriage or remain celibate. If you don’t like this don’t get mad at me. Take it up with God. I didn’t make the rules. He did. The idea that we can paper over the fact that God condemns sin by simply invoking God’s love is sophistry, and Portman knows it. Can we likewise paper over thievery? False witness? Adultery?
“a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love”
I assume by ” happy” and “meaningful” he means married with the implied sexual activity that comes with that. So this Christian father is clearly hoping his son continues to engage in sin. A proper Christian father ought to be hoping and praying that his son turns from his wicked ways and repents lest he imperil his immortal soul. What kind of fool Christian father wants his son to continue in sin?
If you support gay “marriage” because you have swallowed the liberal premise of equality as the highest good, then too bad but so be it. But please spare me the armchair theologizing that attempts to give Christian cover to an apology for sin.